National Football League (NFL) players continued to disrespect the National Anthem played before games on Sunday.
The majority of Houston Texans players protested ahead of last Sunday’s game in Seattle after ESPN The Magazine reported that owner Bob McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” during mid-October owners meetings in reference to ongoing player demonstrations during the national anthem. McNair met with players and expressed regret for his comment. The Texans didn’t have any players protest in Week 9.
The Texans’ protest was the latest high-profile show of social activism by NFL players during the national anthem since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started doing it last season. In a pregame protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States, Kaepernick sat during the national anthem before a 2016 preseason game, then knelt during the anthem throughout the season.
The players’ movement for social equality gained more attention this season, when President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who lodge pregame protests, saying in a speech in Alabama on Sept. 22 that he wished those players would be released. He also encouraged fans who are offended to walk out of stadiums. Several players and coaches reacted strongly to Trump on social media, and players — joined by coaches and owners, in some instances — across the league knelt, locked arms, raised their fists and even refused to come out of the locker room during the national anthem in Week 3. There were several more protests in Week 4. Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers-Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in Week 5 because of protesting that took place during the anthem.
While several other players across the league raised fists or knelt prior to, or just after, the National Anthem, these 22 players from these nine NFL teams protested during the playing of the National Anthem in Week Nine, ESPN reported Monday:
Miami Dolphins: Wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Michael Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas took a knee on the field during the national anthem.
Oakland Raiders: Running Back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem.
Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Marcus Peters came out of the tunnel after the national anthem was over before the game in Dallas.
Seattle Seahawks: Tackle Duane Brown knelt during the national anthem, while defensive linemen Michael Bennett, Jarran Reed, Marcus Smith, Quinton Jefferson, Sheldon Richardson, Frank Clark and Branden Jackson all sat during the Anthem.
San Francisco 49ers: Safety Eric Reid, receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Eli Harold and injured cornerback K’Waun Williams knelt in protest during the Anthem.
Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins and Safety Rodney McLeod raised fists during the National Anthem.
New York Giants: Defensive End Olivier Vernon knelt during the Anthem.
Tennessee Titans: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews did not come out onto the field until after the Anthem.
Los Angeles Rams: Outside linebacker Robert Quinn raised his right fist in the air.
Source: ESPN News